Sunday, December 16, 2018

2015 Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape

We scored more 2015s -- 
2015 Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Charles Giraud...$99.99
Gorgeous, starting off with warm ganache and Turkish coffee aromas, followed by dense, fleshy layers of fig cake, steeped plum and warm blackberry confiture. Shows lots of juicy energy through the finish, with anise and singed juniper accents adding range. Needs time in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2045. 1,000 cases made.
Rated 99/100 The Wine Spectator
I tasted several demi-muids potentially earmarked for the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Collection Charles Giraud, although some may slip down into the Reserve August Favier. The final decisions had yet to be made, so I haven't offered a formal review of that cuvée. Despite being hugely ripe, sometimes even chocolaty, the concentration and density meant that none tasted overly alcoholic or warm, and even the super ripe Grenache retained excellent freshness, spice and complexity.
Rated 95-97/100 Wine Advocate

Rated 96/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2015 Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Auguste Favier...$69.99
Vibrant and captivating, with exuberant fruitcake, cinnamon and black tea aromas leading the way for a fleshy core of raspberry pâte de fruit, plum sauce and cassis, all allied to a lovely velvety texture. Maintains intensity through the finish, showing a long echo of pastis. Best from 2020 through 2040. 1,300 cases made.
Rated 97/100 Wine Spectator

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